Services are set for Rondell Collins

Funeral services for Rondell Collins, 70, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Collins family cemetery at Redfox. A son of the late Owen and Edna Amburgey Collins, he was born at Amburgey. He died March 16 at his home at Redfox. He was preceded in death […]

New football coach

Letcher County native Lincoln Bentley has been hired as the new football coach at Jenkins Middle High School. Bentley, who has already held a meeting with all students interested in playing football, began spring practice last week and is continuing practice this week. Bentley says he plans to increase participation in the Cavalier football program by being active in the […]

T-shirts drawing attention to sex abuse cases in county

Painters include girl, 12, who survived being abused

White T-shirts are hanging from clotheslines in the front windows of the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library and the Esta Craft Conway Center for Women and Children in Whitesburg to show the impact of sexual abuse in Letcher County. Clients who seek services through Letcher County C.A.R.E.S. and the Letcher County Family Violence Prevention Council were asked to express their […]

Now here’s a tip

• “If your wicker seats are sagging, try washing them with a mild soap and water solution, rinse well and let them dry in the sun. The drying process can tighten up wicker. If it’s cracked, frayed or breaking, you might need to replace it, though.” – R.T. in Georgia • “I never let the water run when I do […]

Sherry Back Fugate retires from clerk’s office


Well I, like so many others in the area, spent over a week sick with the flu. I think it was the sickest I’ve ever been and I wonder if it hit everyone that bad. Due to that point, some of this is from week before last. Polly Ann Gibson’s funeral was held at Everidge Funeral Home and a very […]

Festival committee offers scholarships

The Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival Committee will award four $250 scholarships. Scholarship applications are available at the Pine Mountain Letcher County Crafts Co- Op and Pine Mountain Grill. Applications are also available at www.mountainheritagefestival.com. Scholarship applications are to be returned by May 10. For more information, contact Lee Anna Mullins at 633-9644.

Grand jury charges 10 in true bills

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 10 people including a Cromona couple charged with drug trafficking. They are: • Ruby Ann Phillips – complicity to trafficking in cocaine, complicity to trafficking in Hydrocodone, and complicity to trafficking in marijuana. Phillips, 33, of 5424 Hwy. 805, Cromona, is charged with acting alone or in complicity with Chris Phillips […]

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme will play at the Hemphill Community Center on Friday, March 21. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Astor Taylor at (606) 633- 2708.

Chamber has web page

The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce now has a web page at www.letchercountychamber.com. Visitors to the web page may check the calendar for future meetings and events. Those interested in joining the Chamber may contact Joe DePriest at 606- 832-4020 or email the website.

Points East

An old 'chore' revisited

It’s not like learning to swim or riding a bicycle after all. I discovered, last Saturday morning, that there are some subtleties in the art of killing and butchering chickens that I had lost over the decades that have fallen between the last time I’d performed this chore and the recent weekend’s undertaking. I have a friend who lives way […]